Battling Plagiarism Through the Internet

A story at APBNews.com has some ways to help battle Plagiarism as it becomes more and more popular.

\"The Glatt Plagiarism Screening Program replaces every fifth word in a suspect paper with a standard size blank and asks the student to replace the missing words. The number of correct responses, the amount of time it takes to complete the task and other factors are considered in assessing the final \"plagiarism probability score.\" \"Plagiarizing has become easier and, up until now, universities have not been pro-active enough in deterring it,\" said Barbara Glatt, president of the Chicago-based Plagiarism.com. \"Professors are reluctant to put the effort into researching whether a paper\'s been plagiarized.\"


\"By nature, academics are nonconfrontational,\" explained Richard Sigal, professor of sociology at County College of Morris in New Jersey. He added that teaching professionals prefer not to be in situations where it\'s their word against a student\'s.


A 1999 survey of students on 21 campuses nationwide by the Center for Academic Integrity (CAI) at Duke University found that a significant percentage of the 2,100 respondents committed at least one of four serious cheating offenses -- plagiarism, falsifying a bibliography, turning in someone else\'s work or omitting footnotes and citations. Schools with stringent honor codes in place had a lower proportion of cheaters (45 percent); those without honor codes had the highest

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